In addition to using the Veterans Job Bank, which provides job listings specifically targeted to veterans and allows veterans to search for jobs by their military occupation specialty or code (MOS/MOC), there are more ways veterans can help maximize their job search success in a challenging job market.
CareerBuilder reports that employers are planning to tap into the technical and communications skills and leadership abilities of U.S. service men and women with 20% of companies planning to actively recruit veterans. 36% of employers plan to hire for information technology positions, 28% plan to hire for customer service jobs, 25% plan to hire for engineering positions, and 22% for sales jobs.
Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America says "The unemployment rate for veterans who left military service over the last decade continues to outpace that of the civilian workforce. After fighting for their country, they come home fighting for jobs. The survey shows that employers recognize the unique value military experience can bring, but that they don't always understand how military skills fit into corporate America. Veterans will need to clearly make that connection in their resume, cover letter and job interviews as they enter this new chapter of their careers."
Here are CareerBuilder's job search tips for veterans:
Speak their language. 41% of employers reported it can be difficult to decipher how military experience fits into civilian positions. It's important to highlight specific military skills and spell out how they are relevant to the responsibilities listed in the employer's job ad. For example, if you served in the infantry, there are a lot of relatable skills for police or security guard positions or for training roles within organizations.
Advertise your experience. Over 27% of companies said one of the biggest challenges in recruiting U.S. veterans for open positions is that veterans don't always market their military experience. Include your military experience with a bulleted list of accomplishments that shows how you put your knowledge into action.
Emphasize unique qualities. From your resume to the interview to the thank you letter, highlight attributes employers look for in members of the Armed Forces. Survey respondents said they consider the following to be among the most important attributes:
- Disciplined approach to work - 66%
- Ability to work as a team - 65%
- Respect and integrity - 58%
- Leadership skills - 56%
- Problem-solving skills - 54%
- Ability to perform under pressure - 53%
- Communication skills - 45%
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